How do law, policy, precision medicine and health equity relate to one another?

How do law, policy, precision medicine and health equity relate to one another?  A free webcast conference on November 29 will explore these issues; participants may also register for free in-person attendance.
Law, Genomic Medicine & Health Equity: How Can Law Support Genomics and Precision Medicine to Advance the Health of Underserved Populations? will explore how to ensure that the promise of precision medicine is fulfilled across all populations and that it doesn’t recreate or exacerbate health disparities.  This conference will feature speakers including clinicians, scientists and activists to explore the intersection of law, policy, genomics, and health disparities.
To learn more about genetics topics, participate in the GW SMHS’s online Genetics Journal Club.
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Thinking about GW Research Days 2019? See what happened in 2018!

gwresearch daysAre you starting to think about GW Research Days 2019?  Learn more about Research Days by hearing from some of the presenters and faculty mentors at GW Research Days 2018:

Also, remember that you can explore research presented at past GW Research Days via the Health Sciences Research Commons.   The 2018 posters and presentations are online, as well as those from prior years.

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Is coffee bad? Not for your mortality!

8249906174_145e319ebd_oNew research published in JAMA Internal Medicine looks at the inverse relationship between coffee drinking and mortality. In this population-based study, researchers used baseline demographic data to estimate hazard ratios for coffee intake and mortality, and also looked at the potential effect of specific genes which are known to modify caffeine metabolism.

In Association of Coffee Drinking With Mortality by Genetic Variation in Caffeine Metabolism: Findings From the UK Biobank, Lotfield, Cornelis, and Caporaso seek to answer the question:

“Moderate coffee consumption has been inversely associated with mortality; however, does heavy intake, particularly among those with common genetic polymorphisms that impair caffeine metabolism, increase risk of mortality?”

To understand their research and find an interesting example of population-based genetic research, read the full article – and and enjoy your favorite caffeine beverage guilt-free while you read!

To learn more about these issues and other genetics topics, participate in the SMHS’s online Genetics Journal Club.


Image citation: Foong, C. (2012).  coffee [Online image].  Available at

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Mr. Burns & Yoga? What’s the common denominator?

studybreaknov18Healthy Living @ Himmelfarb’s November events calendar!

You can use the Healthy Living calendar to find free events including exercise (Fitbit Local Bootcamp and TRL Yoga Flow),  cultural events (Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play), and activities to help you enjoy and explore Washington, DC (Smithsonian Food History Weekend Festival; Downtown Holiday Market).

Healthy Living’s November calendar can help to help you recharge at the GW Harlan Greenhouse in SEH (Science & Engineering Hall), or by serving your community via Help the Homeless this Holiday Season at the Friendship Place.


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Design your pumpkin!

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Nutrition Fact vs Fiction – learn and taste!

Nutrition Pepper Mushroom Background BackgroundsEating a healthy diet should be simple but nutrition news can make your head spin. Let’s clear up the confusion and separate the facts from the hype. Let’s figure out how you put a healthy and delicious meal on the table tonight.
Kate Sherwood, executive chef at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, will combine what nutritionists know about healthy with what chefs know about delicious. Because eating healthy food that doesn’t taste great is impossible to sustain, and let’s be honest: life’s too short not to enjoy great food.
So healthy and delicious, practical and easy. Join Kate for a conversation and a taste of healthy and delicious. Food samples provided! (Space is limited; please register.)
When: Monday, Oct. 22, 2018 from 4:30-5:30 pm
Where: Himmelfarb Library, room 202
Sponsored by Healthy Living@Himmelfarb.
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Book Sale This Week!


Himmelfarb Library’s Annual Book Sale will be held from Tuesday, October 9 through Friday, October 12, 2018.  Hours are TuesdayThursday 8:30 AM to 12:00 midnight and Friday from 8:30 to 12:00 noon. The book sale will occur on the 1st floor of the library in the Reference Nook.  Cash or check only!

Questions?  Please contact Travis Nace (

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